kingmaker wrote:Would have to disagree with you there Geoff. Event development in the triple jump has been going very well over last 12 months obviously they should have started a lot sooner but i expect at least four "new boys" over 16 this year. Hopefully bridging the gap between themselves and Phillips.
Sportsman29 wrote:Final entries are starting to go up now
http://www.european-athletics.org/entri ... s-men.html
http://www.european-athletics.org/entri ... women.html
As expected a few changes to the British team, Martyn Rooney and Asha Philip have withdrawn in the relays, look to have been replaced by Andrew Steele and Tiffany Porter.
Greg Rutherford is out of the long jump and is replaced by Chris Tomlinson
Also Michael Rimmer has pulled out of the 800m and is replaced by Gareth Warburton, a shame as Michael Rimmer could have potentially been top 3 at least, i don't know what has been attributed to his recent dip in form.
Kermit wrote:Geoff would you say the same if it was Paula Radcliffe?
Bottom line - he is World Triple Jump Champion, he doesn't have to qualify, he doesn't have to compete at the trials, he can pick or choose what event(s) he feels like and deserves to get top dollar. The most important thing this year is the hardest thing to do - defend his title.
It's not like winning the team championship gives the country automatic entry into the IAAF team event is it? Therefore the most important aspect is the athletes health & well being and making sure that he is ready to defend his title so as to give UKA something to show UK Sport at the end of the season.
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